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David Flanagan, MPA

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I am looking to join a forward thinking organization that values a resourceful, loyal & ethical individual with broad experience, communications abilities, problem solving skills, business & political acumen & an ability to work with diverse constituencies.

My background includes working in state & local government, lobbying, human services, insurance, transportation, construction, unions, academia, trade associations, pest control & corrections.


Government relations, Public affairs, Business development, Lobbying, Advocacy, Community affairs, Public engagement, Communications, Fundraising, Political campaigns, Social media, Opposition management, Inside sales, Outside sales, Public outreach, Legislative advocacy, Contract negotiations, Strategic planning, Public policy, Presentations & closings, Marketing, Legislative analysis, Research & analysis, Program management, CRM, Freelance, Consultant, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Speaking.

Desired Titles/Positions include: Sr. VP, Vice President, Director, Associate Director, Manager, Assistant Manager, Project Manager, Campaign Manager, Lobbyist, Communication Manager, Strategic Planner, Research Analyst or Consultant.

Work experience

Jan 2009Present

Interim Communications Director

City of Chelsea-Office of the City Manager

Develop communications strategies and support the City Manager concerning various municipal initiatives and marketing campaigns. Assess, promote and facilitate "Green" sustainability programs as mandated under the City Council's Priorities, Policies and Visions plan to enhance Chelsea's status as a "Green Community".

Jan 2009Present

Lead case Manager-Residential Services

Road to Responsibility, Inc.

Provide leadership to a team responsible for the support, evaluation and treatment of developmentally and physically disabled adults in a group residential setting. Assist residents with activities including scheduling and attendance at work programs, social activities, medical appointments, and other events. Develop, implement and evaluate programs and behavior plan intervention strategies that ensure safety and personal growth.

Jan 2008Present

Government Relations, Business Development and Communications Consultant

Flanagan and Associates

Experienced independent consultant and publicist working on designing and managing strategic communications, lobbying, community outreach and publicity campaigns for individuals, municipalities, businesses and nonprofits.

Expertise includes government relations, community affairs, media outreach, business development, lead generation, copywriting, marketing, and trade show management. Advise clients on grassroots outreach, legislation, regulations and permitting issues.


Director of Business Development

Road to Responsibility Incorporated

Hired to spearhead the development and execution of sales and marketing plans and promotional strategies to generate new corporate accounts and Increase revenues. Helped to revitalize a stagnant and underachieving marketing department by consistently exceeding sales targets. Execute strategic partnerships and negotiate contracts with CEOs and HR personnel. Participate in various trade associations and industry trade shows. Work with development department to raise funds and solicit charitable donations from corporate sponsors.

Recruited by company president to create legislative outreach and lobbying programs designed to increase corporation’s presence and identity with the Massachusetts Legislature.

Increased brand awareness and corporate visibility by developing relationships with media outlets.



DRF & Associates

Designed and implemented communications strategies for political entities, businesses, and non-profits seeking to enhance visibility or increase profits. Analyzed and interpreted MA state budget and formulated client responses to ensure their needs were addressed. Advocated with the MA Legislature and federal, state and local government officials to advance client’s interests. Created policy papers, news releases, website documents, correspondence and legislation.

Legislative strategies increased client’s presence with MA Legislature and Administration.

Weekly Columnist-Family author whose contributions have appeared on various internet websites inspirational publications. 


Manager of Community & Government Affairs

Hired to enhance the community and government affairs program for one of the nation’s largest regional mass transportation agencies serving over 150 cities and towns. Created and implemented communications programs that introduced the agency to impacted communities, reversed negative public perceptions, and improved customer relations. Served as liaison to federal, state and municipal officials and business and community organizations. Collaborated with the MA state legislature regarding transportation legislation.

Created and implemented “Talking with the MBTA” program to improve customer relations.

Honored by the Boston City Council for my efforts on behalf of Boston’s citizens.


Director of Business Development

Carlin Insurance

Devised and executed sales and marketing plans and promotional strategies to “open doors” with corporations and enable sales force to generate new corporate insurance accounts and increase revenues. Solicited new corporate and individual accounts through various prospecting methods including cold calls, referrals, targeted direct mail marketing campaigns, and involvement in industry trade groups and shows.    formerly Carlin Insurance


Director of Government Relations

Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts

Represented 250-member trade association before MA Legislature and federal, state and municipal governments. Developed and spearheaded member lobbying programs to increase association’s visibility at the MA State House and with regulatory agencies. Managed 8 member driven committees and formulated overall association policy designed to protect member bottom line and maximize business opportunities. Drafted, analyzed and monitored legislation and regulations and testified before legislative and regulatory agencies.

Lobbying efforts led to greater alliance among various competing organizations for the overall benefit of the construction industry and association membership. 


Director of Community & Government Relations CANA Project

Massachusetts Department of Public Works

Conceived and implemented the successful public information campaign for the $300 million Central Artery North Area highway construction project. Served as department spokesperson and liaison to community and business organizations, federal, state and local government officials and the news media. Wrote weekly news columns and marketing materials and conducted interviews with print and electronic media to build brand awareness and support for the project.

Honored by the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives for my service.

CANA project community participation process called a national “model” for public involvement. 

Formerly MA Highway Department/MA Department of Public Works


Selected Accomplishments
Government Relations, Lobbying and Advocacy   Challenge: Convince the Massachusetts Legislature and Governor’s Office to preserve departmental line item allocations within the twenty five billion dollar state budget that were critical to my client.   Action: Assessed each line item, monitored House and Senate revisions, developed lobbying strategies, created legislative alerts (website, print) and motivated members to lobby the Governor and Legislature.   Result: Minimized budget cuts, helped prevent the elimination of fundamental positions and defeated amendments that would have undermined the financial viability of the organization and its 20,000 members.               Business Development, Marketing and Sales   Challenge: Identify corporations and government agencies and negotiate contracts with C-suite executives and agency heads to provide employment opportunities for 500 disabled adults.   Action: Developed targeted sales and marketing programs leading to individual contracts up to $50,000 and raised charitable donations from government, corporate and individual donors.   Result: Provided year round employment and a salary for 500 disabled adults at six regional career centers, increased revenues and enhanced the organization’s visibility at the State House and throughout MA territory.                           Community Affairs, Communications and Pubic Outreach   Challenge: Maintain safety, traffic flow and public access while minimizing community opposition and critical media coverage during the multiyear $300M Central Artery North Area highway project.   Action: Partnered with consultants, elected officials, neighborhood residents and the media to implement a multifaceted communications plan that has been hailed a national model for community participation   Result: Regional traffic congestion, delays and pollution were reduced, public safety and visitor access improved, and the community was revitalized leading to increased development, tourism and property values.  
Core Competencies
Government Relations Business Development Community Affairs Program Management Communications Fundraising Media Relations Corporate Affairs Grassroots Outreach Telephone Polling/sampling Get out the Vote (GOTV) Political Campaign Management Field Operations Strategic Planning Research and Analysis Lobbying and Advocacy Marketing & Sales Presentations/Closings Contract Negotiations RFP/RFQ Preparation Lead Generation Prospecting Networking Trade Shows Social Media CRM


Bachelor of Science

University of MA Boston (Boston State College)


Suffolk University - Executive MPA - SAWYER SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT


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